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this morning on "early today," paying the piper. tax day is here, and so are the tea party members who plan to make some noise in washington. great balls of fire. cameras roll as a meteor shower lights up the skies over iowa. and round two, a second volcanic eruption rocks iceland and sends tourists running for cover. captions paid for by nbc-universal television hello and good morning. i'm lynn berry, and today we begin with tea and taxes. it is tax day and the tea party has made its way to washington to protest government spending which members say is out of control under the obama
administration. nbc's tracie potts joins us from the national mall with the very late ef. tracy, good morning. >> good morning, everyone. as you're up early this morning, maybe getting that 1040 done, tax day is going to be a big event here today in washington. the tea party express that's been rolling around the country for almost a month now is landing with a big rally here in washington today. amid today's last-minute tax rush the irs admits it's already overpaid in $30 million in tax breaks. >> the tax man cometh. in the next few years, boy, he will be coming with a vengeance. >> reporter: taxes are lower this year but expect them to go up as the government tries to cover massive deficits. >> expecting taxpayers to bail them out when things go sour is simply not acceptable. >> reporter: but he's taking a lot of heat these days from
conservatives. >> never stops to ask the question where does this money come from. >> the people are not being heard. >> reporter: in boston yesterday sarah palin was the big draw. >> we'll keep clinging to our constitution and our guns and religion, and you can keep the change. >> reporter: palin's a lightning rod, drawing mixed reaction. >> i like the fresh energy she brings. >> i get the feeling that she's grandstanding. >> reporter: the tea party is getting a pat on the back from republicans. >> they're frustrated. they've had enough. >> reporter: the group promises political revolt in november's elections. and i can tell you live here this morning that they are promising hundreds of thousands of people here. i can tell you as of this morning there are about 67,000 people on their facebook fan page. but, of course, that's all hours from now. the focus right now is you, me, and the rest of america getting those taxes done on time.
lynn? >> tracy, don't remind us. meanwhile, president obama will face a tough audience today when he heads to florida to outline his new policy for nasa. thousands of workers fear for their jobs with the space shuttle program scheduled to be grounded later this year, and some of the country's most high-profile astronauts are calling the president's plans, quote, devastating. >> reporter: after years as the home of america's space missions, today kennedy will host what is termed star wars. it's pitting some of the country's space pioneers against the president. >> we need to go once again where no man has gone before. there is no vision to this budget, no goal, no challenge. >> reporter: this week astronauts blasted president obama as he gets ready to announce its plans for na is for the future this afternoon. officials say that will include an extra $6 billion, some to be
used to help lift a heavy-list rocket, capable of taking humans to mars. but it also eliminates the constellation program. already some $9 billion in development and includes revisions to rely on private space flight. >> nasa cannot pass the baton of human space flight to a runner who's still trying on its shoes. >> reporter: so from capitol hill to ksc, there are critics. not everyone is against the president. doctor mitchell piloted apollo 14 and doesn't think constellation was the right choice. >> it's perhaps not a bad move to do exactly what the person did. >> reporter: the debate is unlikely to go away either. with just three shuttle missions left and the future of american space flight on the line. kristen dahlgren, nbc news. and now here's a look at some other stories making news early today in america. iowa residents were treated
to a brilliant sight last night in what meteorologists say may have been a meteor shower. it was described as a bright green fire ball across the sky. meteor showers will continue next week. also in ohio some courtroom drama when a lawyer collapses. the attorney regained consciousness seconds later and asked that proceedings continue. although paramedics said his vital signs were fine, arguments were postponed until friday. for the past two years they have had to skirt around thousands of bees that invaded their home since they didn't have the money to pay pest control p but thankfully an exterminator intervened pulling out the bees and some 200 pounds of honey. a stiletto stampede of another sort. men came out to participate in the walk a mile in her shoes.
the guys literally walked one mile in women's shoes. now for a look at your national and regional weather, here's nbc meteorologist bill karins with the weather channel channel forecast. bill, good morning. >> good morning. it is spring. let your toes out and the high heels fly. let's show you what's going on out there today. good morning, everyone. another beautiful day under way in much of the eastern half of the country. not so much so in the deep south. texas spep specifically has the problems. the moisture is flowing up. that will happen today and tomorrow. a little bit of cooler, stormy weather in the northern plains, and northern new england is a little cool. here's some of the rain around del rio, texas, and will continue to spend northwards toward amarillo and maybe event a eventually oklahoma. temperatures in the 70s all the way up here to new york city.
look at detroit today at 82 beautiful degrees. only northern new england will be a little stormy. look at the rockies. it was snowing the other day near salt lake city the other day. 72. that's a look at your thursday forecast. now here's a look outside your window. st. louis in for a warm, beautiful summer-like day, 84 and sunny. detroit, we mentioned how you're going to be. not bad in baltimore. austin, texas, watch out for some of those stray storms. lynn, we'll take a look at that friday forecast a little later. well, stocks rally for a fifth day and a tax break proposal you're not going to believe. here's a hint. burt reynolds would qualify. plus a show whose job it is to kick people off might by taking someone back. find out who. opening night in the nhl playoffs, the bulls run into the post-season and the broncos trade brandon marshall.
good morning and welcome back to "early today." i'm lynn berry, and here are some of your top headlines this morning. they have said iran could pump out enough uranium for a single bomb in one year's time. however officials added it could take three to five years to pump out a usable bomb. two hijackers linked to al qaeda. security officials say al qaeda planned to hijack flight as they were leaving iraqi airports. and back in the u.s., pieces of the world trade center made their way back home on wednesday. the massive beams were manufactured in coatsville, pennsylvania, and shipped to new york city to become part of the twin tours, and now they'll be part of a proposed nation theal iron and steel museum honoring
9/11 victims. nasa is considering an unscheduled space walk to fix a stuck is valve on the international space station's new ammonia tank, the tank is part of the station's crucial cooling system. it needs to be fixed by the end of the month when the intense sunshine makes the space station unusually warm. a volcano that erupted last month is at it again. officials say this ee rumgs is about 20 times more powerful than the last one. hundreds of nearby residents have been evacuated while traffic in northern europe has been halted due to a plume of ash. and now here's an early look at how wall street will kick off the day. the dow opens at 11,123 after climbing 103 points yesterday. the s&p rose 13 points the nasdaq went up 38. taking a look at overseas trading this morning, in tokyo -- just days after the dow
reached an important benchmark, the s&p topped a milestone of its own. yesterday the standard & poor's index hit 1200, a level it hasn't seen since september 2008. the markets was good all around. starting with jpmorgan chase, they beat earnings in revenue forecast in the first quarter. adding to that the company announced plans to hire 9,000 employees in the u.s., sending shares up over 4%. overall the banking sector got a big boost along with intel. it hadded more than3% after beating earnings expectations. u.p.s. also went up after posting a 33% increase in first quarter earnings per share. other news that got the markets moving, retail sales numbers. they were up 1.6% in march, the largest increase since november. that upbeat data was echoed by fed chief ben bernanke's
comments before congress yesterday. he expressed optimism that the economic recovery will keep its momentum, but he also took the opportunity once again to reblind lawmakers to come up with a plan to teal with record-high budget deficits. >> meanwhile some housing data just out today. realty track says a record number of homes became victims of foreclose in the first three months of the year. households taken over by banks jumped 35%. and as we reminded you earlier, it is tax day, and in that spirit, we bring you the efforts of the american mustache institute. yes, it really does exist. it's requesting a 250 dollar tax break for people with mustaches. money which would be used to groom facial hair. it takes time. well, from the diamond to the ice, players make unusual scores all around, and like a bullet, the pucks go whizzing by, kicking off the nhl's postseason play. your early morning sports headlines are straight ahead. we're halfway through april,
nba playoffs. here's nbc's fred roggin with an early look at all your sports headlines. good morning. for the chicago team this year it was more like a soap opera. now after 82 games all is forgotten and the bulls are in the playoffs. here we go to charlotte. the bulls picked a great time to match a season-high. noah had 21. last night no difference against the bobcats. weaved his way through the defenders for the play-in. they clinched a playoff spot. they'll play the cavs in the first round of the playoffs. miami dolphins have landed a franchise wide receiver. they signed him to a four-year deal making him the highest receivener the league. penguins and senators. nothing going right for the pens. off the dump and in the dunk. chris kelly for the goal.
doesn't get any easier than that. senators took game one, 5-4. red wings and coyotes, phoenix with the league. coyotes were the worst team and now they've beat the west defending champs. in this case the giants were both. giants and pirates ripped a shot into it. the ball took a wild bounce and ricocheted into right field. you talk about your home field advantage. the carom was so bad the second baseman had to retrieve the ball in the outfield, and by then it was too late. inside for aubrey who was huffing and puffing all the way home. that's your early look at sports on "early today." i'm fred roggin. well, whitney houston returns to the stage. why fans aren't exactly singing her praises. your early morning entertainment headlines are straight ahead. plus one community has found saving a brood of baby ducklingings is all in a day's
welcome back on this thursday morning. the forecast out there as you head out the door today, it looks pretty simple. there's going to be rain out here in west texas heading northwards later today. we have a little bit of early rain in minneapolis. that should kick out early in the afternoon. look at the warm temperatures. 60s in the rockies all the way to the east coast. things will change, though, in
the mid-atlantic from new york city up through new england. friday and saturday look ugly and it looks cold and chilly with a rain. rainy forecast and maybe 45. that's it in boston. that will probably be the worst weather come this weekend. well if you're watching us on wcsh 6 good old portland main have your little chef explorer create in the kitchen while whipping up pretend meals at coco's kitchen at children's museum and theatre of maine. that's your early event of the day, lynn. well, now here's an early look at this morning's headlines in entertainment. simon out, paula in. that's the rumor. simon cowell is leaving "american idol" this year. talk is swirling that paula abdul may make it back to the judge's table. quote, she could come back. she's not banned or anything. the question is would that do the trick? idol's ratings have been slipping. well some wish whitney houston hadn't come back.
reviews for the singer's first concert in the u.k. were pretty rough, complaints of her voice cracking, panting and too many breaks made for british fodder in the papers. one headline read, houston, we have a problem. reps confirm larry king is pliting with his wife after nearly 13 years of marriage. inside look at marilyn monroe. literally her x-rays are up for auction. auctioneers expect the x-rays to go for around 1,200 bucks. i -- maybe the chair. maybe the skis. >> it's weird, right? it's not just like guys would be into it. >> it's a little creepy. >> it's creepy. thank you. this comes to us from wrc, nbc 4 in washington, d.c., where some big-hearted office workers
swooped in to save some baby ducklings. after they witness add hawk kill a mother sitting on her nest of eggs, they rescued the northwest. they whiffinged the nest of the downtown danger until the humane society arrives. >> i didn't know hawks kill ducks. >> hawks are dangerous. >> i thought like maybe little mice, field mice. a duck? >> down town, washington, d.c. >> rough place. >> it is. i'm lynn berry, and this is "early today," just your first stop of the day today on your nbc station.
a flight diverted. good morning, everyone. welcome to "news4 today." i'm eun yang. >> i'm aaron gilchrist. it is april 15, tax day. investigators are trying to figure out what caused smoke to fill the cockpit of a plane that left washington. you don't know eyed flight 917 left dulles airport around 5:00 last night and was headed for seattle. the two hours into that flight it had to make an emergency landing in sioux falls, south dakota. for some reason the cockpit filled up with smoke and plane landed safely and no one was hurt. we spoke to one passenger on that flight and took these feet
and the fire crews when the plane landed. >> there was a smell in the cabin that was pretty awful, pretty strong. to me it smelled like burning petroleum. i don't know if it was fuel or oil or hydraulics or what but smelled like burning something. it didn't smell good. >> the passengers had to wait in sioux falls for several hours before another plane was able to take them to seattle. taking a look at this morning's top stories now, you now have less than a day to file your taxes. if you have no done so already. the deadline to mail yothem is midnight. tea party activists are using tax day to show their frustration with the government. several protests are planned in washington throughout the day. sarah palin spoke at a tea party rally yesterday in boston